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Fake News: Babysitter On Crystal Meth Did NOT Eat 3-Month-Old Toddler AGAIN

  • by: Maarten Schenk
  • (Thu, 24 May 2018 09:29:34 Z)

Did Anna Krutchiev, a 16-year-old babysitter, eat a 3-month-old toddler she was babysitting on while high on crystal meth? No, that's not true: it is an old story from 2016 which was copy pasted by a fauxtire site. It is not real.

The story reappeared in an article published on May 24, 2018 by Huzlers titled "Babysitter On Crystal Meth Eats 3-Month-Old Toddler" (archived here) which opened:

De Soto, MO - Two Missouri parents were horrified to discover their babysitter had turned into a crystal meth-smoking cannibal when they found the remains of their three-month-old child cooked in the microwave.

After a night out at the movies, the young parents came back home to find a confused babysitter under the influence of alcohol and crystal meth who had lost consciousness and was covered in blood in the family's living room.

Moments later, they made the gruesome discovery when the mother saw something moving behind the microwave door.

Screenshot of http://www.huzlers.com/babysitter-on-crystal-meth-eats-3-month-old-toddler/

We already debunked the same story in 2016, it originated from World News Daily Report, a site that regularily invents stories about bizarre crimes and sex acts in order to attract visitors for ad revenue.

Hoax Alert: Babysitter On Crystal Meth DID NOT Eat 3 Year Old Baby | Lead Stories

There's another gruesome internet hoax making the rounds. A babysitter in De Soto, Missouri supposedly got so high on crystal meth that she attempted to cook a 3 year old child in a microwave oven. The story seems to have appeared on a site called badcriminals.com and was also picked up by tmzworldnews.com (not TMZ.com!)

Huzlers styles itself as a "fauxtire" website and carries a disclaimer at the bottom of each page:

Huzlers.com is the most infamous fauxtire & satire entertainment website in the world. If it's trending on social media you'll find it here!

According to Splinter News the site is run by Pablo Reyes and David Martinez and according to Buzzfeed Reyes is involved with several other fake news websites. They tend to shy away from political stories, opting instead to write for a more "urban" audience, with stories about rappers, criminals and celebrities.

We wrote about huzlers.com before, here are our most recent articles that mention the site:

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About the author:

Maarten Schenk is our resident expert on fake news and hoax websites. He likes to go beyond just debunking trending fake news stories and is endlessly fascinated by the dazzling variety of psychological and technical tricks used by the people and networks who intentionally spread made-up things on the internet.  He can often be found at conferences and events about fake news, disinformation and fact checking when he is not in his office in Belgium monitoring and tracking the latest fake article to go viral.

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